Newtown School Shooting: McCollum Urges Swift Congressional Action to End “Epidemic of Gun Violence”

Do you agree with Rep. Betty McCollum? Do you think gun control is warranted after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Fourth District Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D) issued the following statement .

"Today’s elementary school shooting is heartbreaking. As a mother, the mass murder of young school children and educators is incomprehensible. My prayers are with all families of the victims.

"The time has come for President Obama, Congress and the American people to come together to act immediately to end the epidemic of gun violence and the proliferation of guns designed to be weapons of mass murder. Inaction and obstruction by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to common sense gun laws is not tolerable.”


Jerry Buerge December 15, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Action invariably results in reaction. Particularly when associated with politics. McCullough's action resulted in your reaction, Mr. Johnson. Now, since you have declared this to be a political issue which can't be solved by political action, please tell us what your solution to this continuing threat to our school students will require? Surely you must recognize that there is a distinct difference in the danger offered by the use of knives and meat cleavers to that of guns of any description, and particularly those of an automatic or semiautomatic character. That was the main issue of her statement, although not expressed in those specific terms. Now, I anxiously await your response.
Tim Johnson December 15, 2012 at 05:08 PM
You misstated me. I said this is NOT a political issue. Although I do understand the inherent differences between guns and knives, knives have been used to the same degree as guns in this case and my point was that more gun controls is not the answer. In fact, history has proved that the more law abiding citizens are disarmed, the more violence against them increases. Solutions to this problem are obviously complex and go beyond a discussion in a forum such as this, but guns are not the root cause, there is somehting deeper. To immediately push for gun control is sidestepping the real cause and helping to perpetuate the problem.My point was and is that it is shameful for Betty McCollum to exploit this terrible tradgedy to try and score political points.
Scott Franzitta December 15, 2012 at 06:53 PM
A good read concerning a way to deal with this issue can be found on this article. http://www.policeone.com/active-shooter/articles/6065056-Newtown-shooting-Stopping-the-active-shooter/
Jerry Buerge December 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Regardless of your contention, Mr. Johnson, YOU have turned this into a political issue by your very comment of accusation. Please reread her comment with special note to these words: " ... the proliferation of guns designed to be weapons of mass murder." THAT was her concern and objective as clearly stated in her remarks. Something you conveniently ignored in your haste to point your accusative political finger in an attempt to trash a logical legislative action intended to it least reduce the level of future incidents of hate driven actions by irrational people. There is no plausible reason for any civilian to own an OPERATIVE automatic weapon, or even a semi automatic weapon that can be easily converted to automatic operation. While restricting this kind of weaponry for sale to the general public will certainly not eliminate mass murder by other means it can reasonably be expected to at least reduce it. Mr. Franzitta supplied the URL to a reasonable additional partial solution to the problem. Just what exactly do you have to offer, other then to point out that people can be killed by alternate methods than gunfire?
William McCollum December 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM
As a liberal Democrat Representative McCollum is the latest in a long line of "leaders" who want to do something to make themselves feel good. The results, even if they are the opposite of what was intended, do not matter. A current poll indicates that about 70% of Americans want stricter gun control, but what they really want is less gun violence. There is no evidence that the former in America will result in the latter. An honest response, instead of a political one, would be to let the states serve as laboratories for potential solutions and adopt the ones that work. In Illinois, for example, strict gun control laws are in effect in Chicago, but have they been effective? In other states concealed carry permits are easy to get; has violent crime decreased there?


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